Help Your Car Last Longer

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IT Garage Services examines how to help your car last longer by looking at the biggest mistakes that will wear out your car prematurely.

You longer you’ve been driving, the more likely you are to develop some bad driving practices.  But, if you want to keep your car in good shape and not be in your friendly Inverness garage before you should be, you need to avoid certain behaviours behind the wheel.

Here’s our list of things to avoid to keep your car happy, healthy, and last longer before it sees a mechanic.


Even if your car seems to be running alright, ignore dashboard lights at your peril! They are there for a reason – to warn you there is a potential issue that could cost you big in the long run. Here are some of the most important dashboard lights to keep your eye on:

Brake light

Airbag warning

Tire pressure

Oil pressure warning light

Check engine light


Your car shouldn’t be making any weird noises. If your car starts making a new sound out of the blue, it is probably trying to tell you that something is wrong.  It’s critical to pay attention if your car is trying to tell you something is wrong. It might not be serious, but leave a whirr and it can turn into a clunk. Then a clunk can turn into a bang – and bangs can cost you more money!

Investigate the source of the noise and have it checked out by a local Inverness mechanic at IT Garage Services as soon as possible so they can Help Your Car Last Longer!


Potholes are common, especially in Inverness! They can be difficult to avoid, especially if you’re not paying attention to the surface of the road. But, driving over potholes, especially at high speed can result in some significant damage to your precious vehicle. It can cause all sorts of damage to your car, from burst tyres to damaged suspension and even engine damage! If/when you come across a pothole, try your best to avoid the chasm, or if you can’t swerve try and roll over it at low speed to avoid any major damage.


It might sound like quite a decadent practice with fuel prices so high at the moment. But in general, you should keep your tank at least a quarter filled at all times.

If you leave too little petrol in your tank, it might cause your fuel pump, catalytic converter, and fuel system to overheat and even fail! Adding small quantities of fuel daily might force your car to draw from the bottom of the tank where sediment has accumulated. A blocked fuel filter could be your reward for this bad habit.

To avoid this sort of damage, it’s very important to have frequent fuel system cleanings and engine tune-ups from your favourite Inverness local garage – IT Garage Services. It’ll Help Your Car Last Longer!

Person fills car tank with fuel
Fill your tank with the right fuel


Carrying too much weight can not only affect the amount of fuel your car guzzles, but it can also harm your vehicle greatly. The more weight you add to the car, the more strain you place on every component of the car.  Tyres, suspension, brakes and the engine itself can overheat under the strain, and something will give eventually. Even if it’s not a dramatic blow-out, it will wear out components of the car more quickly – costing you more in car repairs in the long run.


You might not know this,  but it’s recommended that you let your car sit for a few minutes after starting the engine. This gives the oil time to circulate throughout the engine. You might think that revving the engine will speed up this process, but it can damage your engine. If you rev and the car isn’t fully warmed up, you can wear out cylinder walls, crankshafts, rings, bearings, and valves prematurely, again, costing you more money!

IT Garage Services – your Inverness Garage specialists!

Take your vehicle to the best garage services in Inverness – IT Garage Services and Help Your Car Last Longer! It’s your one-stop-shop for car repair in Inverness providing services like:

  • Car servicing Inverness
  • MOTs Inverness
  • Brake tests and repair
  • Fast fit services Inverness
  • Diagnostics and car repair near me
  • Car delivery service Inverness

You can find the best garage in Inverness – IT Garage Services at

35H Harbour Rd Inverness IV1 1UA

Contact us now to book an appointment or for any enquiries:

01463 229922

Mon-Fri 8am- 6pm

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